Bag’s Take-Away:
 To start with, I think this photo is one of those that won’t catch much notice due to its subject matter. The American public doesn’t care much about Karzai negotiating for American troop strength to remain at high levels in Afghanistan after 2014. After all, this transition will occur after the next Afghan election, i.e., after Karzai and his family are safely ensconced in Dubai or some other safe haven. But in terms of composition, color, and symbolism, I really like this Alex Wong photo. The deep, brilliant colors of Karzai’s traditional Uzbek coat play off against the crisp whites and deep blues of the honor guard at attention behind him. His face is lit heroically as he takes a statuesque pose. But he stands as if supported by a dwindling number of soldiers to his back and with the “zero option” trial balloon floated by the Obama Administration, even that number is in question. 
 Though a floated balloon doesn’t always become a reality, Karzai’s “heroic” stance during this visit to the U.S. may actually be a last stand against strong public opinion in America.
via The Charlotte Observer
(Top Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images caption: Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) reviews the honor guards during a full military honors ceremony welcoming Karzai to the Pentagon January 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Karzai is on a visit in Washington, to include a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, to discuss the continued transition in Afghanistan and the partnership between the two nations.)
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To start with, I think this photo is one of those that won’t catch much notice due to its subject matter. The American public doesn’t care much about Karzai negotiating for American troop strength to remain at high levels in Afghanistan after 2014. After all, this transition will occur after the next Afghan election, i.e., after Karzai and his family are safely ensconced in Dubai or some other safe haven. But in terms of composition, color, and symbolism, I really like this Alex Wong photo. The deep, brilliant colors of Karzai’s traditional Uzbek coat play off against the crisp whites and deep blues of the honor guard at attention behind him. His face is lit heroically as he takes a statuesque pose. But he stands as if supported by a dwindling number of soldiers to his back and with the “zero option” trial balloon floated by the Obama Administration, even that number is in question.

Though a floated balloon doesn’t always become a reality, Karzai’s “heroic” stance during this visit to the U.S. may actually be a last stand against strong public opinion in America.

via The Charlotte Observer

(Top Photo Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images caption: Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) reviews the honor guards during a full military honors ceremony welcoming Karzai to the Pentagon January 10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. Karzai is on a visit in Washington, to include a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House, to discuss the continued transition in Afghanistan and the partnership between the two nations.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Remember that Karzai was chosen for his job because of his Western sympathies and commercial ties? This image harkens back to that and reminds us no matter how the West thinks of him, he still has to govern a “third world” country. Not saying he’s a good or bad guy in either role, just noting that he’s much closer to who the West thought he was when away from home. 
via The New York Times Lens
(credit: Guido Bergmann/ Pool photo caption:  chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on the roof of the Chancellery in Berlin. They met to discuss the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend and the signing of a bilateral co-operation agreement between the two nations.)
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Remember that Karzai was chosen for his job because of his Western sympathies and commercial ties? This image harkens back to that and reminds us no matter how the West thinks of him, he still has to govern a “third world” country. Not saying he’s a good or bad guy in either role, just noting that he’s much closer to who the West thought he was when away from home.

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Guido Bergmann/ Pool photo caption: chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on the roof of the Chancellery in Berlin. They met to discuss the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend and the signing of a bilateral co-operation agreement between the two nations.)

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You don’t get these “Obama on the phone” photos (especially in the car) unless a big deal, “we’re on it” signal must be sent — as in, we’re doing serious damage control over the massacre by AWOL Army Sergeant in Kandahar. It also appears that he’s talking on a secure phone (as opposed to the one to his right).
via the White House Flickr Feed
(photo credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption:  President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai from his vehicle outside the Jane E. Lawton Community Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Sunday, March 11, 2012. The President called to express his shock and sadness over the reported killing of Afghan civilians.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

You don’t get these “Obama on the phone” photos (especially in the car) unless a big deal, “we’re on it” signal must be sent — as in, we’re doing serious damage control over the massacre by AWOL Army Sergeant in Kandahar. It also appears that he’s talking on a secure phone (as opposed to the one to his right).

via the White House Flickr Feed

(photo credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo caption: President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai from his vehicle outside the Jane E. Lawton Community Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Sunday, March 11, 2012. The President called to express his shock and sadness over the reported killing of Afghan civilians.)

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